Mudcat Café message #603610 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #41750   Message #603610
Posted By: mousethief
04-Dec-01 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Subject: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Jingle bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
Batmobile lost a wheel
And the joker got away

My 6yo kindergartener came home and sang us this song last night. He didn't learn it from any book or record or movie, but from older kids at school. Who in turn learned it from older kids, and so on, back to when his older sibs were that age, and even back to when *I* was that age.

Here we have the folk process in pure and undiluted form. By any definition this is a folk song. A short one, granted. But it's a folk song.

Has anybody studied or collected the songs that kids learn from each other? That may be the last refuge, in this increasingly media-saturated age, of pure folk process.

Alex